For Immediate Release:
February 20, 2019


National Tornado Summit Offers Unique Education in
Disaster Response and Recovery


OKLAHOMA CITY – More than 50 experts from around the country will share their knowledge on disaster preparedness and recovery at the 2019 National Tornado Summit. The 8th annual conference will be held March 4-6 in Oklahoma City.

“This conference is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to discover how to prepare for the worst but also how to recover quickly and efficiently from all types of disasters,” said National Tornado Summit Committee Co-Chair Kim Decker. “We have some of the best speakers yet this year, including experts from The Home Depot, Walmart and Disney.”

During the National Tornado Summit, attendees have the opportunity to attend five general sessions and six breakout session in five different tracks: Adjusters, Emergency Management, Risk Management, Disaster/Special Interest and the National Severe Weather Workshop.

Some of the speakers presenting this year include:

  • Jason Jackson, Emergency Management, Walmart
  • Honorable Governor Frank Keating
  • Sean Kevelighan, President and CEO, Insurance Information Institute
  • Jennifer Mason, Security Manager, Walt Disney World Emergency Management
  • Jeff Partin, Corporate Security, Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity, The Home Depot

The Summit also features a pre-conference Disaster Symposium on March 4. Topics include “Avoiding the Pitfalls of Public Storm Shelters” and a session for insurance adjusters on Xactimate training.

The National Tornado Summit is hosted by the Oklahoma Insurance Department, University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM), NOAA National Weather Service and National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

“The National Tornado Summit brings together emergency management personnel, as well as attendees from insurance, meteorology, and other fields for a wide-ranging training opportunity,” said Mark Gower, OEM Director and National Tornado Summit Committee Co-Chair. “OEM is proud to take part in the Summit each year, and I look forward to the multitude of success stories, experiences and insights that will be shared throughout this event.”

The full agenda and registration information is available at

For more information, contact:
Liz Heigle